Bidders pick up Ed Sheeran’s shirt for £1,150 during charity event at Ipswich school

The Gunasene family with their new shirt first belonging to Ed Sheeran. Picture: Gareth Morgan

The Gunasene family with their new shirt first belonging to Ed Sheeran. Picture: Gareth Morgan - Credit: Glenn Beasley

It was a night to remember for attendees of a charity fashion show, which featured an ex-contestant of The Voice, a West End star and a special gift from one of the most famous singers in the world.

The co-comperes help auction off Ed Sheeran's checked shirt. Picture: Gareth Morgan

The co-comperes help auction off Ed Sheeran's checked shirt. Picture: Gareth Morgan - Credit: Glenn Beasley

More than £4,500 was raised for East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH) during the event at St Joseph’s College in Ipswich, with teachers and students of all ages taking to the catwalk.

Co-comperes for the evening were West End and Broadway performer, Ruthie Henshall, and Anglian Radio’s Breakfast show presenter, Wayne Bavin.

As well as helping the night go with a bang, the pair hosted the charity auction. Star lot was a shirt belonging to Ed Sheeran, an ambassador for EACH.

Coes displayed some of its range at the Ipswich event. Picture: Gareth Morgan

Coes displayed some of its range at the Ipswich event. Picture: Gareth Morgan - Credit: Glenn Beasley

It was picked up by the parents of St Joseph’s pupil, Vibhash Gunasene, for £1,150.

The Year 10 student runs a charity of his own supporting disadvantaged children in Sri Lanka, and he plans to make the checked shirt go further for the cause.

Another highlight was a performance by Ipswich singer Jade MayJean Peters, whose career took off after her television appearance on The Voice.

Two youngsters enjoy the spotlight. Picture: Gareth Morgan

Two youngsters enjoy the spotlight. Picture: Gareth Morgan - Credit: Glenn Beasley

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Clothing and accessories on display came from Coes, Co-op Opticians, EACH, Gravity, Ivy and Co, Jono, Kiss Dress Hire, Kittys Jules, Scarlett Valentine, Thea Lily Loves and Urban Vintage.

Danielle Clarke, principal of St Joseph’s College, who was among the 120 models on the catwalk, said: “It was a wonderful evening and we all had such fun stepping into the beguiling world of fashion modelling.

“There was a monumental effort behind the fairy tale but the £4,500 raised is a legacy that will do real good for families in most difficult circumstances.

More than 100 people walked the catwalk. Picture: Gareth Morgan

More than 100 people walked the catwalk. Picture: Gareth Morgan - Credit: Glenn Beasley

“I would like to offer my sincere thanks to everyone involved.”

As well as creating the branding for the fashion show, Year 9 pupil Leo Bignell exhibited items from his clothing line, Felidae, at the event.

Models of all ages tried out the catwalk. Picture: Gareth Morgan

Models of all ages tried out the catwalk. Picture: Gareth Morgan - Credit: Glenn Beasley

The night was full of sparkle and glamour. Picture: Gareth Morgan

The night was full of sparkle and glamour. Picture: Gareth Morgan - Credit: Glenn Beasley

Businesses were able to show off their products on the catwalk. Picture: Gareth Morgan

Businesses were able to show off their products on the catwalk. Picture: Gareth Morgan - Credit: Glenn Beasley

Ipswich singer Jade MayJean Peters takes to the stage. Picture: Gareth Morgan

Ipswich singer Jade MayJean Peters takes to the stage. Picture: Gareth Morgan - Credit: Glenn Beasley

The night raised thousands of pounds for EACH. Picture: Gareth Morgan

The night raised thousands of pounds for EACH. Picture: Gareth Morgan - Credit: Glenn Beasley

Two numbers from Kiss Dress Hire. Picture: Gareth Morgan

Two numbers from Kiss Dress Hire. Picture: Gareth Morgan - Credit: Glenn Beasley

The fashion show featured pupils, teachers and models. Picture: Gareth Morgan

The fashion show featured pupils, teachers and models. Picture: Gareth Morgan - Credit: Glenn Beasley

Youngster shows off a colourful headpiece. Picture: Gareth Morgan

Youngster shows off a colourful headpiece. Picture: Gareth Morgan - Credit: Glenn Beasley

Models on the catwalk at St Josephs College. Picture: Gareth Morgan

Models on the catwalk at St Josephs College. Picture: Gareth Morgan - Credit: Glenn Beasley